Currently the raspbian os we installed is not booting up with a login screen. How can I boot it up to a login screen so that we can enter a username & password and so that it doesn't go directly to desktop?


you can open a terminal and type

sudo raspi-config

There you can go to

3 Enable Boot to Desktop/Scratch

and select Console.

After a reboot, you should be good to go.


Open the terminal and type: sudo raspi-config

Then select Boot > Desktop / CLI > Desktop instead of Desktop autologin.

Now just reboot.


If you select boot to desktop, it will not give you a login screen. The only time you have have to put in a password is if you select boot to terminal.

I don't believe there is a way for you to have a login screen.

  • This is incorrect; you may have to disable autologin, (which is a separate issue from whether you boot to console or desktop, although I think it requires desktop mode), but there is a GUI login screen. – goldilocks Mar 23 '20 at 11:52

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